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Published on November 17th, 2015 | by Aaron Bernardino


Pool Nation FX

Review By Aaron Bernardino


Please take my review with a grain of salt, unless your Doctor has you on a no sodium diet.

The reason I say that is because I don’t feel qualified to review a video game version of pool.

I leave tasks like that to the professionals like Michael Phelps. The game seemed very realistic at first but after hours of playing career mode, something seemed different. At first I was terrible and missed quite a few easy shots which is very realistic for my level of 8 ball.  But then after a few hours I started getting better, a lot better. Which is nothing like when I play in real life.


I always wanted to be better but I never wanted to invest the time to get better. In real real life I always tried to imagine the angles, lines, trajectory, velocity and vector of each shot. (2 of those words aren’t even real)

In Pool Nation Fx you don’t have to imagine, you can have a visual aid to help with seeing where your shot will land and where the ball you are trying to hit will travel to. Sadly I still lost a lot in the beginning but I got a little addicted because I wanted to win.


I think this game would surprise a lot of people with how robust it is. There are a lot of modes and an online component. There is a fun thing to play around with where you set up trick shots and can add items and an additional ball or balls to the table. I had more fun than I thought I was going to have. I’m not really a big fan of Billiards or Pool so I’m not really a good judge on a video game about pool. I did really enjoy the presentation of the menu’s and venues where the games were held. I think it’s the most time I’ve ever spent in Hawaii.


I don’t even know if a Pool game could be better.

It does make me curious if Pool Nation Fx is designed for hardcore pool players or more for casual pool players. I think that either could enjoy this game but since I don’t have any experience with pool based video games, I could be completely wrong about everything here.  Makes it tough to give a fair score but I think:


4 out of 5 stars

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